Los Angeles Times Denies Submitting Questions to White House Before Biden Press Conference
The Los Angeles Times is denying allegations that it submitted questions to the White House before President Joe Biden’s April 26 press conference, despite a cheat sheet Biden was holding.
“Our reporter did not submit any questions in advance of the Q&A with President Biden,” a spokesperson for the paper told The Epoch Times.
While taking questions, Biden held a paper with the name, image, and pronunciation of Los Angeles Times reporter Courtney Subramanian.
The document also listed a question, appearing to indicate Subramanian had submitted one ahead of time. “How are YOU squaring YOUR domestic priorities—like reshoring semiconductors manufacturing—with alliance-based foreign policy?” said the paper, listing it as “question #1.”
Biden called on Subramanian first. She asked: “Your top economic priority has been to build up U.S. domestic manufacturing in competition with China, but your rules against expanding chip manufacturing in China is hurting South Korean companies that rely heavily on Beijing. Are you damaging a key ally in the competition with China to help your domestic politics ahead of the election?”
Normal Practice or Foul Play?
Subramanian covers the White House and “as such, she is in regular contact with the White House press office seeking information for her reporting,” the Los Angeles Times spokesperson said. “You would have to ask the White House who prepared the document for the president and why they included that question.”
“I would let the reporter for Los Angeles Times speak for herself. It is entirely normal for a president to be briefed on reporters who will be asking questions at a press conference and issues that we ex
- Is it ethical for reporters to submit questions ahead of time?
- Should the White House be providing cheat sheets to the President?
- What impact does this have on the credibility of the press and the White House?
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